Harp Curriculum

Dr. Nan Gullo Richmond, Instructor
1998

 

Level I

Technique

Learning notes and corresponding strings, levers or pedals;
Hand position and finger action;
Placing, connecting and playing of four fingers in succession

Theory

Fundamentals of music;
Signs for the notation of pitch and duration of time;
Tuning the harp

Studies

Selected exercises from Maria Grossi’s Method for Harp (Ricordi)

Solos

List A – for pedal and lever harp

Andres, B. Marelles — Books 1 & 2 (J. Hamelle & Cie.)
Dilling, M. — Old Tunes for New Harpists (T. Presser)
Grandjany, M. and Weidensaul, J. –
First Grade Pieces for the Harp (Carl Fischer)
LeDentu, O. — Pieces Classique (Books 1 & 2; G. Billaudot)
Milligan, Sam — Fun From First (Vols. 1 & 2; Lyon-Healy)
Paret, Betty — First Harp Book (Leeds)
Woods, Sylvia — Hymns and Wedding Music for all Harps (Woods)
50 Irish Melodies for all Harps (Woods)
50 Christmas Carols for all Harps (Woods)
Teach Yourself to Play the Folk-Harp (Woods)

 

 

Level II

Technique

Affirmation of hand positions and finger action, placing and connecting;
Broken and unbroken chords, harmonics, scales and arpeggios

Studies

Grossi, M. - Method for Harp (Ricordi)
Salzedo-Lawrence -Pathfinder to the Harp (Southern Music Pub.)

Solos

List A – for pedal and lever harp

Grandjany, M. – Short Pieces from the Masters (Carl Fischer)
Grandjany, M. – Trois Pieces Faciles, Op. 7 (Marks)
Milligan, S. - Medieval to Modern (Vols. 1 & 2; Lyon-Healy)
Pratt, S. - The Little Fountain (Charles Colin)
Purcell-Thomson – Ground in F (Barclay & Barclay)
Woods, Sylvia – 40 O’Carolan Tunes for all Harps (Woods)
Woods, Sylvia – Irish Dance Tunes for all Harps (Woods)

List B – for pedal harp

Grandjany, M. - Bagatells, Op. 22 (Marks)
Hasselmans – Trois Petites Pieces Faciles (Durand)
Renie-Grandjany – Angelus (Marks)
Salzedo, C. – Fraicheur (G. Schirmer)

 

 

Level III

Technique

Major scales, ascending and descending
= 1 octave (quarter note)
= 2 octaves (eighth notes)
= 3 octaves (triplets)
= 4 octaves (sixteenth notes)
= 40-58

Studies

Grossi, M. – Method for Harp (Ricordi)
Salzedo-Lawrence – Pathfinder to the Harp (Southern Music Pub.)
Naderman-LeDentu – 12 Etudes (G. Billaudot)

Solos

List A – for pedal or lever harps

Dominguez-Elster - Frenesi (Peer International)
Dominguez-Elster - Perfidia (Peer International)
Dussek, J.L. - Sonatina #1 in C
Handel-Boye – Chaconne in C (Lemoine)
Handel-Milligan – Air Varié (Lyon-Healy)
LeDentu, O. – Pieces Classiques (Vols. 3 & 4; G. Billaudot)
Mazurki, Marilyn –  The Sacred Harpist

List B – for pedal harp

Cabezon–Gullo-Richmond – Romance V. (Lyra Music Co.)
Grandjany, M. – Automne (Durand)
Noel Provencal – Old Chinese Song (Marks)
Handel-Salzedo -Largo (Carl Fischer)

 

 

Level IV

Technique

Major and minor scales, arpeggios, and one and two-handed trills = 60-80;
Primary triads and their inversions in triplets (3 fingers) and extended positions (4 fingers)

Studies

Bochsa, N.C – 40 Progressive Studies (Lyra Music Co.)

Solos

List A – for pedal or lever harp

Dussek – Sonatine No. 2 (Lyra Music Co.)
Morris, Robert – Sonate in E (from the composer)
Natra – Sonatine (1st movement; Israel Music)
Scarlatti-Bouchard – Sonate en do (G. Billaudot)

List B – for pedal harp

Grandjany, M. – Two French Folk Songs (Durand)
Handel-Grandjany – Saraband (Theo. Presser)
Handel - Passacaille
Hasselmans, A. – La Source (Lyra Music Co.)
Kirchoff-Grandjany – Air and Rigaudin (Associated Music)
Perihou-Grandjany – Chanson de Guillot-Martin (Theo. Presser)
Salzedo, C. – Chanson dans la nuit (G. Schirmer)
Tournier, M. – Jazz Band (Durand)
Tournier, M. – Vers la source dans le bois (Lemoine)
Zabaleta, N. – Spanish masters of the 16th & 17th Centuries (Schott)

 

 

Level V

Technique

Exercises for individual student’s needs

Studies

Bach-Grandjany - Etudes (Carl Fischer)

Solos

List A – for lever or pedal harp

Bach, J.C.- Bouchard - Presto (G. Billaudot)
Damase-Devos – Adagietto
Godefroid-Bouchaud – Etude (G. Billaudot)
Houdy, P. – Sonate (1st movement)
Rossini – Sonata in Eb Major
Scarlatti-Bouchard - Sonate en sol majeur (G. Billaudot)

List B – for pedal harp

Andres, B. – Absidioles -
Beethoven-Zabaleta –  Variations on a Swiss Air (Schott)
Debussy, C. - Premiere Arabesque (Durand)
Handel-Grandjany - Prelude & Toccata (Associated Music)
Handel-Grandjany - Concerto in Bb (Durand)
Mozart, W.A. – Concerto for flute and harp (Schott)
Pescetti-Salzedo
Sonata in C Minor (Charles Colin)
Ravel, M.
Introduction et Allegro (Durand)
Spohr, L.
Fantasie in C moll, Op. 35 (Barenreiter)
Watkins, D.
Petite Suite (United Music Pub.)

 

 

Level VI

Solos

Bach, C.P.E.-Grandjany – Sonata for Harp (Durand; Elkan-Vogel)
Busser – Pièce de Concert (Leduc; Elkan-Vogel)
Ben Haim - Poème (Israeli Music Pub.; Leeds)
Caplet – Divertissements (Durand; Elkan-Vogel) à la francaise
Caplet – Divertissements (Durand; Elkan-Vogel) à l’espagnole
Casella -Sonata Op. 68 Edizini Suvini Zerboni (Associated Music)
Debussy – Danses (Durand)
Fauré - Impromptu (Durand; Elkan-Vogel)
Fox - Ancient Dance (Southern Music Pub.)
Grandjany – Divertissement (Durand; Elkan-Vogel)
Grandjany – Fantaisie sur un theme de J. Haydn
(Leduc; Elkan-Vogel)
Hindemith - Sonata (Schott; Associated Music)
Krenek – Sonata (Baerenneiter Music Pub.)
Ma’ayni – Concerto for Harp (Israel Music Inst.; B. & H.)
Ma’ayni – Toccata (Israel Music Inst.; B. & H.)
Maghini – Suite Breve No. 2
(Edizioni Suvini Zerboni; Associated Music)
Mortari - Sonatina Prodigio (Carish; Mills Music)
Salzedo - Jeux d’eau (Leduc; Elkan-Vogel
Salzedo - Ballade (Leduc; Elkan-Vogel)
Salzedo - Communion * (G. Schirmer)
Salzedo - Flight * (G. Schirmer)
Salzedo - Idyllic Poem * (G. Schirmer)
Salzedo - Inquietude * (G. Schirmer)
Salzedo - Scintillation (Charles Colin)
Salzedo - Sonata for Harp and Piano (G. Schirmer)
Salzedo - Second Harp Concerto
(Lyra Music Co.; International Music Service)
Salzedo - Variations sur un theme dans le style ancient
(Leduc; Elkan-Vogel)
Somers – Suite for Harp and Chamber Orchestra (BMI Canada)
Tailleferre – Sonata Nouvelles Ed. (Meridian; Southern Music Pub.)
Tal – Intrada (Israeli Music Pub.; Leeds)
Tal – Structure (Israel Music Inst.; B. & H.)
Tournier – 1st Sonatine (Lemoine; Elkan-Vogel)
Wagner, Jospeh – Concertino for Harp and Orchestra
(Lyra Music Co.; International Music Service)
Wagner, Jospeh – Fantasy Sonata
(Lyra Music Co.; International Music Service)

* From Modern Study of the Harp

 

 

Last updated: January 21, 2011

 

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